At the links below you can find specialized university and community resources dedicated to PHC's areas of focus. These resources are compiled by PHC's awareness and advocacy chairs.
AIDS affects all of us. Our community – whether you define “community” as Yale, the US, or the entire transnational world – has been greatly impacted by the AIDS epidemic. Millions live with AIDS, and many more live at risk. This is not an issue specific to a particular social category, though certain demographics have higher rates of prevalence. AIDS continues to affect our generation, and, if you’re interested, you can take start to take steps to combat AIDS from a social lens, a policy lens, or a research lens.
Chronic diseases - such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis - are the leading causes of death in the United States. Even around the world in middle- and low-income countries where infectious disease is rampant, chronic disease presents an ever-growing burden. Not only are chronic diseases the most common cause of premature death worldwide, they also come with high healthcare costs as they are some of the most expensive illnesses to treat. Luckily chronic diseases are also among the most preventable, especially through changes in everyday lifestyle choices. Whether it be through medicine, policy, epidemiology, or activism, Yale offers many resources for students to tackle this universal health issue.
The term “developmental disorders” refers to a diverse set of conditions that lead to impairments in language, physical mobility, intellectual functioning, and behavior. Some of the most common developmental disorders include ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, and cerebral palsy, although there are also many others. Identifying and treating children with these conditions represents a major public health challenge, especially since the prevalence of a number of these disorders has increased over the last few decades. A number of resources are available for Yale students who are interested in learning about or becoming involved in research, advocacy, or volunteer work related to developmental disorders.
Yale is bringing together and integrating global health research and education throughout the university through multidisciplinary efforts like the Global Health Initiative (GHI). Learn more about how you can become involved in these efforts to improve global health.
Health care industry costs use up to 20% of America’s GDP. To put that into perspective, if our health care system was a country, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet. However, even with our expensive budgets, our system is ranked as one of the least effective among advanced countries. With recent reforms such as the Affordable Care Act, we are expecting major changes across the industry. However, the sheer amount of power behind our for-profit health care system insures that what the ACA can do alone isn’t enough and therefore we, as consumers, are subject to this chronic issue. Come learn more about financing health care and how we can create a solution to this confusingly, complex issue which has a pertinent impact on our livelihoods.
If you are interested in and would like to get involved with issues such as reproductive rights, domestic and sexual abuse, women's health, sexual education, sex trafficking and prostitution - please check out the maternal and child health resource page! Yale and the surrounding New Haven community offers numerous interdisciplinary opportunities for people looking to improve the economic, social, political, and health equality of women and children.
Nutrition is part of our everyday lives. Our bodies need the right food to perform at its best. In recent years, there has been more of a focus on nutrition and diet with rising rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Investing in nutrition could help reduce health care cost, improve economic growth, productivity, and social development. It is also relevant to global health. Focusing on nutrition is vital in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. With the recent food price crises, malnutrition increased among vulnerable populations in developing countries. To learn more, a number of classes are available to Yale students about nutrition and food production.